Alperts Companies plans to convert Kenneth Smith Golf site to home development

Plans are underway for the site of the former Kenneth Smith Golf manufacturing facility to be turned into a new residential development.

An elevation drawing filed as part of the planning commission submittal showing the kinds of homes that might be included in the development.

The rezoning request was filed by KERes 1, LLC for KSF Holdings, the owner of the property and an affiliate of the Alperts Companies, based in Leawood. The Alperts Companies plans to develop 92 single-family homes on the property, according to Shawnee planning commission records.

The Shawnee planning commission in its July 16 meeting unanimously recommended the rezoning request, which goes to the Shawnee council for final approval Aug. 13.

Located on the south side of 71st Street in Shawnee, the golf club manufacturing facility lies on 60 acres, which feature “beautiful rolling terrain, ponds and extensive foliage of the former golf course, which will provide the opportunity for maintenance-provided villas in a variety of types, sizes and styles.”

For decades, the site housed the Kenneth Smith Golf manufacturing facility, where the one-time Mission Hills County Club caddy oversaw the crafting of custom clubs for the rich and famous, including former president Dwight Eisenhower and baseball legend Mickey Mantle.

About one-third of the property, mostly on the south side, will remain as open space, according to city records. The developers also plan to retain and renovate the Smith residence “as an acknowledgement of the role Kenneth Smith played in the history of Shawnee as the purveyor of custom golf clubs for clients from around the world.”

The residences will be divided into three sections that will each be slightly different in character and size, according to planning commission records. All homes will be primarily reverse story and a half designs with a living area, kitchen and master suite on the main level, and additional bedrooms and recreation space on the lower level.

“Residential architecture will reflect styles typically found in newer Johnson County residential developments, including expressions of country English, country French and more native prairie styles,” according to the planning commission report.

  • The east pod of homes will have the smallest residences of 2000 to 2500 square feet on 60- to 65-foot-wide lots.
  • The west pod will have residences of 2500 to 3000 square feet on 70- to 80-foot-wide lots.
  • The center pod will have residences of more than 3000 square feet on lots wider than 85 feet.

Planning commission records indicate that the center pod will include more customizable opportunities for homeowners.

Project amenities include walking paths with park benches to connect the ponds and surrounding streets, with the intent of connecting to the Blackfish Parkway and Little Mill Creek trail systems.

The development proposal indicates that maintenance, including mowing, shrub trimming and snow removal, will be provided and also organized by a homes association. The developers also propose using the landscape to screen utility boxes such as transformers and phone risers to preserve the natural look.

The property lies in a 100-year floodplain and has limited floodplain and stream corridor setbacks provided.

The Alperts Companies also plans to remove “residual environmental issues,” such as removing all structures from the former facility as well as chemical from the maintenance of golf course tees and greens.